Sure, many of us dream of an adventure in Australia.  Or beaching ourselves near an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora.  Maybe venturing the streets of Tokyo, taking in all the technology, and seeing how the other side of the world lives.  However, unless you have at least 10 days or a lot of frequent flyer miles about to expire, the investment doesn’t always make sense.

In between the grand excursions, who’s to say you can’t squeeze in a few getaways a little closer to home.  These still offer the same chance to unwind and recharge, but in shorter, more affordable spurts.  Maybe it’s a long weekend.  Or maybe you take what you would have spent on airfare to just drive there.  Now, more of your budget can be devoted towards the epic experiences you’ll encounter.

If you’re looking for a place to make this dream come true, look no further than Colorado.  Hailed by adventure enthusiasts nationwide, there is no shortage of excitement in this Rocky Mountain oasis.  Here are just a few of the things you can cross off your bucket list while you’re there:

  1. Ice Climbing: In a place that is known for its winter snow (think ski season capital), the more daring athlete can take his rock-climbing skills to new heights (literally AND figuratively).  Imagine using nothing but special footwear, a couple of ice picks, and sheer will and stamina to scale up a frozen waterfall.  If you think this could be your calling, Colorado very well might be your promise land.
  2. White Water Rafting: If, however, you’re more of a warm-weather adventurist, a Colorado summer could never disappoint. Especially when it comes to its world-renowned river rapids. Once the snow has melted in the spring is the ideal time to go.  And regardless of your skill or thrill level, there are options for anyone.
  3. Sand Sledding: With more than 40,000 acres of sand covered wonderland, Great Sand Dunes National Park draws visitors near and far. When the highest dune reaches an impressive 750 feet, and the background is that of snow-capped mountains, this is so much more than a photo opportunity.  Thrill seekers sandboard, and anyone can try their hand at a warm-weather sledding experience.
  4. Fat Biking: Forget snow shoeing. The newest thing in winter trail exploration is via fat tire bikes.  They increase traction and allow riders to hit trails a regular bike could not.  It’s definitely more excitement-fueled than a slow walk with big shoes, and you can cover so much more ground (and scenery) in the same time!
  5. Hiking: With seven mountain ranges, and 45 State and National parks, you could easily hike without ever doing the same trail twice. And whether you want an easy family hike or an adrenaline-junkies fix along the cliff face of Via Ferrata in Telluride, there is literally something for everyone.

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